DOLOMITE IN BULK STATE NOT A HEALTH HAZARD
The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that dolomite, which is being used to beautify the coastline of Manila Bay, is not a health hazard in its bulk state.
On Monday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the inhalation of crushed dolomite might cause respiratory issues.
“Dolomite in its bulk state is not a known health hazard and dolomite in dust form, like any other dust particle, can lead to symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, and coughing for this is our body’s normal reaction to irritants,” the DOH said in a statement.
But the DOH later clarified that the dolomite material being used for the controversial Manila Bay “white sand” project is 2 to 5 millimeters in size, 100 times bigger than dust.